BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Defending 1A/2A/3A State Champion St. Patrick has won two of the last three championship titles and considering the talent on this year's soccer team, coach Mario Camps team has a strong shot at claiming back-to-back titles.
The 16-0 and 2 Fighting Irish battle 19-2 and 2 Forest 2 p.m. Saturday on the campus of Clinton High School.
Eiland Stebly said, "We all play together and we play for each other. So, that's what makes us successful."
Over at Madison Central High School, the Bay High Tigers launch their Class 4A title chase at 2 p.m. The Tigers, coming off an emotional 2-1 victory over cross town rival St. Stanislaus, face Florence, a team Bay High defeated early in the season, a 3-1 decision.
"I know a little what to expect and they a little what to expect, "said coach Kelly Ross. " So, I really think it's going to comedown to making sure we finish the opportunities that we get and play strong defensively."
Last season Oxford beat West Harrison in the Class 5A State Championship game. The Lady Canes are back and so is undefeated Oxford...ready for a rematch 4 p.m. Saturday at Madison Central High School.
Gabby Vincent, "This year we have a very good team and I think we have definitely grown over the past year. I think it will be a very good game."
The Ocean Springs Lady Greyhounds started the year under new head coach Ryan Joiner, who guided St. Stanislaus to three consecutive Class 4A State Titles. He's ready lead Ocean Springs to the Class 6A Championship, beginning 4 p.m. Saturday at Clinton High School.
Top ranked Northwest Rankin stands in the Lady Greyhounds way of reaching the top of the mountain.
"Coach Ryan definitely puts a lot of confidence in us, "said Maria Blankenship. "' We practice, so we'll feel confident when we're out there."
The Ocean Springs boys team must also pull off an upset on Saturday beginning at 6 at Clinton High School. Top ranked Northwest Rankin, a team that has scored 80 goals, serves as the opposition.
Ocean Springs goalkeeper Moses Ohler will have to be on his toes.
Coach Jeff French said, "He's got cat-like reflexes and he's a weapon once he gets the ball in his hands because he can punt like no keeper I've ever had."
The Greyhounds, Lady Greyhounds, Fighting Irish, Lady Canes and Tigers all have an opportunity to accomplish something they'll remember for the rest of their lives. Let's hope they'll experience the thrill of victory.